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Awkward? Robert Wagner will guest star on 'NCIS' as a murder suspect

November 22, 2011 |  9:53 am

Robert Wagner to guest star on NCIS
The most impeccably timed guest-spot ever? Robert Wagner will play a murder suspect on an episode of "NCIS."

In an episode that airs Tuesday, Wagner will appear as Anthony DiNozzo Sr., the father, who is found in a car with a dead body.

The timing couldn't be more interesting. Last week, police announced that they were reopening the investigation into the death of Natalie Wood, who mysteriously disappeared from a yacht off the coast of Catalina Island, which she was on with her then-husband, Robert Wagner, and friend Christopher Walken. Police have not said why they are revisiting the case, but they have said that Wagner is not a suspect.

Authorities ruled her death an accidental drowning at the time. But the boat's captain, Dennis Davern, who penned a book about Wood's death in 2009, has recently come out and said thay he lied to investigators about the incident.

Wagner released a statement soon after the case was reopened, expressing his family‚Äôs support for the reinvestigation. 

Wagner's appearance on the CBS procedural actually marks his return to the show -- he previously appeared as the same character in the 150th episode of the series


-- Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: Robert Wagner, right, is to appear in an episode of "NCIS." Credit: CBS